Report: Poole 0-4 Saints

By SFC Media time Wed 16 Oct Womens Team
Photo by Isabelle Field

Saints cruised to to a comfortable win at Poole Town to cement their place at the top of the FA Women's National League Division One table.  

First half goals from Rachel Panting, Shannon Albuery and Ella Morris along with a late goal from substitute Chloe Newton, sealed the victory as Marieanne Spacey-Cale's side put daylight between themselves and their rivals.

The table-topping Saints didn't take long to assert their dominance over the hosts, with Panting coming close twice in the early stages.

 

A succession of injuries stalled the visitors search for an opener, particularly when Caitlin Morris went off to receive treatment for a head injury.

 

It was when Saints were down to ten that they took the lead. Georgie Freeland pulled a cross back from the byline which evaded Samantha Chrippes in the Poole goal, falling kindly for Panting to bury from close range.

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Shannon Albuery comes close for Saints.

The lead was doubled on the half hour after a  surging run down the right from Morris resulted in a superb delivery into the centre for Albuery to put away.

 

The visitors missed an opportunity to add a third after Morris showed skill to beat the fullback, before putting in another searching cross. Keeper Chrippes pulled off two brilliant reflex saves to keep out first Albuery and then Panting with the follow-up.

 

It was Morris herself who would extend the lead minutes later. She wriggled past two Poole defenders with some excellent close control in the area, before putting a confident finish over Chrippes.

 

Spacey-Cale's side should have extended the lead shortly after the break. Half time substitute Ella Pusey unselfishly pulled the ball back for Sophia Pharoah who somehow missed from a couple of yards out.

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Ella Morris grabbed a deserved goal.

Pharoah came closer shortly after following some fine build up play on the left. After a one-two with Albuery, Pharoah saw her attempt from the edge of the box sail narrowly wide.

 

The visitors were looking to add to the scoresheet late on with captain Shannon Sievwright and Newton both coming close from distance, and Pusey seeing a shot brilliantly saved from close range.

 

Newton did add some gloss late on with a well taken fourth, showing composure to advance into the box before beating Chrippes shortly before the final whistle.

 

Saints are back in action this Sunday as they travel to Larkhall Athletic in the first round of the FA Women's National League Cup, kick off at 2pm.

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